What I want to say is "我是一个踏实的人", but I am not able to think out an accurate word or phrase to say that, thank you!

  • I am voting to close as this currently reads like a question that requires comprehensive knowledge of English (i.e. "how do I effectively express this in English"), rather than Chinese (e.g. "what does this term mean exactly").
    – user5714
    Aug 4, 2016 at 16:09

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踏实 seems to have two groups of meanings:


  • dependable; sure and steady
  • at ease; free from anxiety; having peace of mind


  • practical; realistic; pragmatic
  • down-to-earth

When it comes to describing people, I'd choose "dependable" or "down-to-earth" depending on which meaning you need. If you could provide some more context, it would help in choosing the best word.


The word you are looking for is "pragmatic"

"我是一个踏实的人" - "I am a pragmatic person."


  • 踏實 most likely came from a common phrase 腳踏實地 ( be practical)
    – Tang Ho
    Jul 27, 2016 at 6:48

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